Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Goodbye Castro, Goodbye Musharraf. The world is changing but the Doctor keeps on sipping... Winners of 2007 Drammies to be announced today.
Today we'll have another whisky in the regional series from McClellands. All expressions can (eventually) be seen HERE. This one is the representative of the Highland region, including islands of Orkney, Mull, Skye, Arran, Jura but NOT Islay, which is classed as a region unto itself both by McClellands labels and by the Scotch Whisky Association.
As these releases are called SINGLE MALT whiskies, they are not vatted or blended or mixed, they are each products of just one Lowland, Speyside, Highland, and Islay distillery. So what are the distilleries in McClelland's malts? As Morrison Bowmore (Suntory) owns distilleries in three of these regions, it is a safe guess that the Lowland is Auchentoshan, the Islay Bowmore, the Highland Glen Garioch, and the Speyside ... ? Will hazard a guess when I taste it tomorrow.
A gentle spice leads with some savory notes and opens up into creme brullée, fruit yogurt, and vanilla.
Soft initially, but firms up mid-palate with cardboard and dairy sweetness, some ginger, paprika, cucumber skin and parsley. Quite a long aftertaste with some more papery notes and tea biscuits, and halva.
Nice, easy to drink, with just a slight edge. Simple, even plain, but wholly enjoyable with good highland characteristics of spice and body.
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